In Kabul, we napped every afternoon, a two-hour siesta that made up for the fact that we had risen before dawn with the mosque loudspeaker’s first call to prayer. As with most things in Afghanistan, naps were easy to enter, difficult to get out of.
Forum Although September 11th-oriented literary production has been prodigious, literature somehow remains for many an ancillary project at best, at worst an elitist aesthetic endeavor. How might we understand literature as part and parcel of the on-the-ground urgencies of September 11th and its aftermath? How might literature deepen our understanding of the event [Continue Reading…]
Forum What did September 11th do to the concept of “Asian America”? Do you see a schism between “Asian America” and “Desi America,” and a new alignment between South Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern/Muslim Americans? What tensions now exist between and within these various communities? Deepa Iyer In 1998, Lavina Shankar and Rajini Srikanth edited a book that [Continue Reading…]
Forum Don DeLillo once famously called JFK’s assassination “the seven seconds that broke the back of the American century.” September 11, 2001 is perhaps similar to that moment not in kind but in magnitude and reach, and in our sprawling attempts to make sense of it. So what, ten years after, can we [Continue Reading…]